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Did driver's negligence cause the death of New Jersey man?

A New Jersey man is dead and another is hospitalized after an accident involving a car and a dump truck. Police say that the negligence of the dump truck driver led to the crash. Even though the driver was still in the hospital at the time, he faces numerous charges that include a charge of vehicular homicide in connection with the death of the other driver.

Witnesses reported to police that the dump truck was speeding and driving carelessly as it approached the intersection where the victim's car was stopped because the traffic signal was red. The dump truck slammed into the back of the victim's vehicle. The impact thrust both the car and the dump truck well over 200 feet right through a park and into a lake.

Emergency personnel needed over two hours to get the dump truck out of the water. The vehicle's driver was found alive and taken to an area hospital. The body of the 59-year-old man from New Jersey that was in the car hit by the truck was recovered from the lake. The investigation into this accident is not yet concluded.

The family of the driver who died in the crash retains the right to file a wrongful death claim against the dump truck driver. If the family can prove negligence on the driver's part, the court may award damages such as funeral and burial costs and pain and suffering. Financial restitution will not undo the events of that day, but it could help with the monetary losses incurred as a result of this man's premature death.

Source: Fox News, "Dump truck driver charged in fatal accident in which car wound up submerged in New Jersey lake", , July 18, 2014

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